Would like some help with Lasius Umbratus

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Would like some help with Lasius Umbratus

Post: # 21269Post Aquaexploder
Tue May 16, 2017 7:01 pm

Recently caught 3 lasius umbratus queens and would just like to know how to care for them and start a colony.
Founding:

Camponotus nearcticus (x1)

Prenolepis imparis (x3)

Myrmica (Unknown) (x1)

Tetramorium (x2)

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Re: Would like some help with Lasius Umbratus

Post: # 21271Post Batspiderfish
Tue May 16, 2017 10:10 pm

If you haven't checked it out already: http://www.formiculture.com/topic/3252-much-ado-about-the-founding-of-lasius-temporary-social-parasites/

Lasius umbratus is one of the easy Lasius parasites to keep. Once they are adopted to host workers, their care is identical to other Lasius species.
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Rules & Requirements for Identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=292

How to take pictures for identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2167

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Re: Would like some help with Lasius Umbratus

Post: # 21280Post Aquaexploder
Wed May 17, 2017 4:50 am

Batspiderfish wrote:
Tue May 16, 2017 10:10 pm
If you haven't checked it out already: http://www.formiculture.com/topic/3252-much-ado-about-the-founding-of-lasius-temporary-social-parasites/

Lasius umbratus is one of the easy Lasius parasites to keep. Once they are adopted to host workers, their care is identical to other Lasius species.
Ok thanks, but after reading the guild I think it would be best if I found some other non- parasitic queen to get more experience before I attempted them.
Founding:

Camponotus nearcticus (x1)

Prenolepis imparis (x3)

Myrmica (Unknown) (x1)

Tetramorium (x2)

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Re: Would like some help with Lasius Umbratus

Post: # 21292Post xTNxANTMANx
Wed May 17, 2017 2:32 pm

Don't feel bad. Two of the first Queen's I caught this year happened to be parasite Queens. Lasius interjectus. I have now seen 4 Queens of that species but as you said I want a little more experience under my belt before attempting a social parasite Queen. I want more experience in identifying Lasius sp. in general or have a lasius colony of my own before trying. If I had a better idea of what other Lasius sp. look like then I probably would have tried. It would have definitely been a fun challenge.
Keeping:
Camponotus castaneus
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x3
Crematogaster cerasi x2
Formica pallidefulva x3
Formica subsericea x3
Pheidole sp. x4
Tapinoma sessile
Tetramorium caspitum x2

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